Q1, which ranges from the beginning of January to the end of March is typically a high-volume quarter for many businesses. It’s also a time when companies are hiring new employees. January and February in particular are big months for hiring. This makes it a great time of year to find a new job and elevate your career. Let’s now discuss three ways to prepare for the Q1 job hunt and increase your chance of success.

1) Update Your Resume, Cover Letter and Social Networks

Every new year comes with a sense of freshness and renewal, which makes it the perfect time to polish up these things. On your resume and cover letter, you might want to add any new skills you’ve learned, update your references or edit the layout so that it’s more eye appealing to recruiters. For your social networks, update your profile picture with a more recent headshot, add information to your LinkedIn account and delete anything that might make recruiters view you in a bad light (e.g. college party pictures on your Facebook).

2) Work on Your Pitch

Having a great pitch is an effective way to get your foot in the door with potential employers and will show them what you bring to the table. So what exactly is a pitch? In 30 seconds or less, it will explain any relevant skills that pertain to the position you’re interested in and will explain what your overall goal is. Having one on standby at all times is important because you never know when you’ll need it – and taking the time to develop a solid pitch will ensure that you’ll be ready whenever the moment strikes.

3) Touch Base with Contacts

In many cases, existing contacts can be a big help in terms of both finding job opportunities as well as serving as references. If you haven’t communicated with contacts such as former coworkers, ex-colleagues, old friends and alumni, this is a great time to touch base. Ask them to keep you in mind if they come across any open positions and if they would mind being your reference. This way you can streamline your job hunt and have references ready to go whenever you need them.

Due to the high number of hires that businesses make in Q1, it’s a good idea to prepare for your job hunt ahead of time. By covering all the bases, you’ll be primed and ready to find the right position in the New Year.

For more advice on job hunting and how to further your career, check out our Career Best Practices.

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